Teen dating under 18
“Of course, she’s under the age of consent, and no matter what it’s not right,” Yang said.
“But it’s not fair to put him in the same category as a predator.” Atkins said he is pursuing more information about the issue.
“It just angers me that our society considers him in the same breadth as a pedophile,” said James Benda, of Burnsville.Benda didn’t question his 17-year-old girlfriend when she took a naked picture of herself in the mirror on his cellphone. “I didn’t think.” Now, her former boyfriend is facing serious consequences.The photo is a reflection of her and Benda, his hands covering her body. The girl later told a Dakota County judge that she had forgotten about the picture until police came to her house and asked about it. Benda was convicted of felony child-pornography possession and is awaiting sentencing.County attorneys say they consider several factors before prosecuting these cases.They review the vulnerability of the victim, the relationship of the victim and the accused, whether drugs and alcohol were involved and the feelings of the victim’s parents.
In Minnesota, adults and juveniles convicted of felony criminal sexual conduct or child-pornography possession must register as a sex offender for 10 years.